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Ottessa Moshfegh
Knife Fight and Other Struggles
David Nickle
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
The Good Lord Bird
James McBride
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
Our Underachieving Colleges: A Candid Look at How Much Students Learn and Why They Should Be Learning More (New Edition)
Derek Bok
Dissident Gardens
Jonathan Lethem
Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s
Kim Newman
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick
Complete Novels
Dashiell Hammett, Steven Marcus
The God of Carnage: A Play (Ff Plays) - Yasmina Reza Reading a script's always a potential disappointment, like consuming a recipe instead of the cake. Certain forms--an exhilirating theatrical performance, a delirious action film--flatten out on the page. I'm not sure I want, for instance, to read what Chow-Yun Fat and John Woo were building from to end up here; I just want to go there. And reading reviews of this play's Broadway staging, with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, and James Gandolfini.... maybe I just really wanted to go there. And reading the script, I can imagine the pleasures that might have been. . . .

But it'd at best still be cake, not a meal. And maybe a half-baked cake at that: Reza's play is about ostensibly civilized bourgies barely containing their petty rages and narcissism as they try to grapple with a particularly vicious fight between their respective young boys. And then, when they do fail to contain aforementioned rage, they are mean. I could imagine that cast ripping this up, having all kinds of fun, but there's not a lot going on beyond those small, familiar "revelations" of what lies behind the mask. (Maybe it's Who's Afraid of Michael Cunningham?, more a mean barky dog than the Woolfish snarler it unflatteringly resembles.)